View of Toledo, El Greco, circa 1600

"View of Toledo, El Greco, about one thousand 600

Description of the picture:

View of Toledo – El Greco. Around 1600. Oil on canvas. 121.3×108.6
Born in Crete, studying and learning the first glory in Italy, and having settled in Spain, this painter did not belong completely to any of the artistic traditions and schools. The action in his paintings always takes place in a kind of fantastic space, because the landscape in the artist’s paintings, even in the form of a background, is rare. But Toledo, who became a family for El Greco (1541-1614), he painted more than once.

On canvas “View of Toledo” guess the river Tahoe, the Cathedral and the fortress of Alcazar, but this is not a completely real city. The depicted seems to be a vision, a dream, so it is charged with unheard of energy. A drama unfolds on the canvas, the protagonists of which are the sky, where clouds illuminated by flashes of lightning fly and billow, and the earth with not only spots of light and shadows from the clouds running through it, but also some kind of “nervous convulsions”. People do not participate in the drama, and it is unrealistic to imagine them in this landscape: here the elements collide, there is a battle in which there is no place for a person. He can only look at this lightning-lit city on the highest hill and pray.

As a guest in Spain, El Greco, almost better than many painters born here, felt a passionate and religious Spanish soul that lives and breathes on his canvases."

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